The lesson is the fundamental structure for learning and instruction within the Pearson System of Courses for mathematics.

Lessons within each unit focus students on developing skills and knowledge that deliberately build upon previously learned skills and practices. Within each unit, carefully sequenced sets of lessons fully address the Common Core State Standards.

From kindergarten onward, the Pearson System of Courses organizes students’ learning of mathematics around proven activities and routines consistently presented. These experiences include repeated routines in the lesson such as the Opening, Work Time, Ways of Thinking, Apply the Learning, Summary of the Math, and Reflection.

These routines collectively give students an in-depth understanding of the mathematical concepts targeted by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. As these behaviors become habits for students, teachers have the chance to spend less time on managing the classroom and more time on teaching.

Follow the tabs below to review representative routines from the third grade unit “Divide.” A Getting Started screen, like the one to the right, provides students and teachers immediate access to each of the lessons in the unit and, in the text at the top of the left-hand column, offers a quick overview of unit goals and learning objectives.